Cruz promises his four-year-old has got what it takes to win big events Tony Cruz knows a good horse when he sees one and the living legend of Hong Kong racing is convinced that in Supreme Class he has truly seen one. Supreme Class, who landed a huge gamble at the short price of HK$16.50, scored a determined rather than spectacular win in the Class One Chevalier Cup (1,400m) but Cruz insists it will be a mere stepping stone to greater things. 'Supreme Class. Well, the name says it all,' Cruz said. 'I really love this horse, and I think of all the younger horses in my stable, this is the horse that can make it through to be our next Group One winner.' Cruz won't have long to wait to provide his renowned judgment with a litmus test. He's steering the Redoute's Choice four-year-old towards the Group One Stewards' Cup over 1,600 metres at Sha Tin on January 28 - a race he won this year with Russian Pearl. Brett Prebble wasn't about to dampen Cruz's enthusiasm. He too is a huge fan of Supreme Class, and revealed last night that the lightly raced galloper has some reserves of talent he hasn't tapped yet. 'Winning the race by a short head may not seem that impressive, but he's a funny horse who only does what he has to and needs another horse to go with him to make him give more,' said Prebble. 'Today, when he straightened up, he took aim at My Choice and once he had him safely handled, he started to relax. Then Firm Offer came up on his inside and made him pick up again. But he only did as much as he has to. He's very professional, and with great race sense, there's no doubt about that.' Eric Saint-Martin on Firm Offer unwittingly became the news item of the race by congratulating Prebble shortly after passing the winning post. It was not the congratulations that concerned stipendiary stewards but the manner in which the Frenchman delivered them. 'Saint-Martin has touched Prebble either on his skull cap or on his shoulder with his whip,' chief steward Jamie Stier said. 'This is not something we consider acceptable as a celebratory gesture, and Saint-Martin was fined HK$5,000.' The Chevalier Cup was the second leg of a double for both Cruz and Prebble, who have become a frequent pairing ever since the two-time Melbourne champion jockey won the Champions Mile and Yasuda Kinen earlier this year on the Cruz-trained Bullish Luck. Cruz landed the second event with Smart Fellow, who made it two on the trot and defied a pessimistic forecast from the trainer and jockey Felix Coetzee after a scrambling victory in the same grade on November 4. 'It wasn't an impressive win that day, and Felix had to lift him over the line, but taking the 10 pounds off today made a difference,' Cruz said. 'The apprentice [Marco Chui Kwan-lai] rode him well, but I was pleased to see that Smart Fellow showed a bit more finishing speed today. The horse seems to have a bit of character, and he's still improving. 'The improvement factor could see him winning in Class Three, but I'd find it hard to be confident of anything more than that.' Prebble's earlier winner was Laser Power ($42) for David Hall. The Australian-bred chestnut was having his first run since suffering a check-ligament injury but was well backed to win a below-par race. 'He's not really a 1,000 metres horse but he'd trialed well and worked well, and it looked to be a winnable race,' Hall said. 'He was drawn the right part of the track and Brett quickly got him over to the outside of the track. He's done a good job.' Prebble said the injuries he had carried had probably disguised Laser Power's real quality. 'I think, if he was 100 per cent sound, he'd be a pretty decent horse - probably a good Class Two horse,' the jockey said. 'But now, with the problems he's had, he just has to get conditions made to order. 'We got that today, a straight race on the C+3 rail, where he was drawn a bit wide, and the fire was out of the track after the rain this week. If he's not feeling any pain, he'll always run his heart out.'